Noble’s happy to be close to home

WEST HAM midfielder Mark Noble made his West Ham league debut at Molineux back in January 2005. That day, West Ham were thumped 4-2 by Wolves in the Championship when the then 17-year-old came up against former Hammer Paul Ince. But Noble, now 22, was ba

WEST HAM midfielder Mark Noble made his West Ham league debut at Molineux back in January 2005.

That day, West Ham were thumped 4-2 by Wolves in the Championship when the then 17-year-old came up against former Hammer Paul Ince.

But Noble, now 22, was back on Saturday to put in a man of the match performance as the Hammers grabbed all three points.

The midfielder scored one and made the other in West Ham's 2-0 victory and he admitted that the second goal was down to a lot of work on the training ground.

"It was really nice to get the result and I was over the moon for Matty," said the Canning Town-born West Ham fan.

"We've been practising hard with the corners. We know how many goals we can score from them and it worked today.

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"To have that 2-0 cushion made it very comfortable for us."

While many of his team-mates were away on international duty last week, Noble was able to stay at home and he feels that gave him a real boost coming into the opening match of the season.

"I'm used to being with the under-21s for their qualifying campaigns, but on the other side of things, I've just had a baby, so it's nice to just be there," he explained.

"Over the last few months, I was away so much. I think I saw the baby three or four times in about three months, so it was tough.

"So to stay at home for that week and to stay and train with the boys was great. I felt it benefitted me and hopefully now that I am out of the under-21s, I can try my best, keep working hard and try to push on."

Many more performances like that, and Noble will not be having the luxury of international weeks off. Fabio Capello will be knocking on his door!

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